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Cabbage white butterfly

This is an information sheet on the cabbage white butterfly ('Pieris rapae') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Life stages of the European wasp

This is an information sheet about the egg, larval, pupal and adult stages of the European wasp, 'Vespula germanica'. It also describes what happens to the wasp population over the course of the year.

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European wasps as pests in Australia

This is an information sheet that describes why European wasps are pests in Australia, the health effects their stings can have, and the recommended first aid for stings.

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Introduced marine organisms in Port Phillip Bay

This is an information sheet describing some of the approximately 100 marine species that have been introduced accidentally to Port Phillip Bay.

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European wasps in Australia

This website explores the problematic history of the European wasp in Australia.

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My Place - Episode 23: 1788: Waruwi, The encounter

Waruwi encounters a cow for the first time and is unsure what to make of it. After seeing some marines and a drummer boy, she returns home to Nana to tell her about the 'ghost people' and the cow.

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Curbing the carp population

Find out why European carp fish are called 'river rabbits' in Australia. Listen to how they came to Australia and what makes them such a pest now.Discover how a local entrepreneur is exploiting the new resource while scientists are doing their best to cap the carp population explosion.

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Quoll rescue

Discover what threatens a native Australian predator and how scientists are hoping to save it from extinction. This clip about quolls in the Northern Territory describes the causes of its decline and a rescue strategy to save it from extinction. The strategy has a surprising twist - it features the very thing that is threatening ...

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Population modeller: pond

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a pond ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Population modeller: seagrass

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a seagrass ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Earth Alert

Tune in to a television program exploring environmental issues. Solve four ecological problems involving pest animals and humans: domestic cats, European wasps, sea stars and rural drivers. Get tips for solving environmental problems in your local area.

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Pest animals

This collection of 21 digital curriculum resources focuses on pest animals currently affecting the Australian and New Zealand environments. It is organised into three categories - environmental pests, economic pests and human nuisance pests. Images and videos depict some common pest animals as well as some more localised ...

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Bush rangers: the impact of introduced species on the Australian environment - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on the introduced species that live in the Australian bush, often causing damage to native flora and fauna. It is designed to make year 3–4 students aware that not all bush creatures are natives and not all are good for the environment. Students take on the role of an author’s research assistant ...

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A sense of time - unit of work

In this unit of work students develop an awareness of the passage of time and how events of the past can shape people's view of the present. It focuses on people who have lived and now live in the Murray-Darling Basin. Students will investigate their own personal histories, the exploration of the Murray-Darling Basin, all ...

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‘True’ stories - unit of work

In this unit of work, students take on the role of an author’s research assistant to investigate one of the introduced species that live in the Australian bush. Then, rather than limiting themselves to writing a report, they are challenged to weave their factual research into a creative story about the creature.

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Helpful or harmful? - unit of work

This unit focuses on learning about minibeasts - the bugs, insects and other tiny creatures usually found under our feet. Students investigate: how to recognise common minibeasts; their life cycles and needs; their habits and habitats; and their contribution to the environment. They also learn about the purpose and format ...

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Rabbit plagues in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This is a collection of 17 digital curriculum resources focusing on the rabbit problem in Australia between their introduction in the mid-19th century and the end of the 20th century. It is organised into three categories - rabbits in plague proportions; attempts to control rabbits; and the uses made of rabbits. It includes ...

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European rabbits

This is a black and white photograph of a group of European rabbits ('Oryctolagus cuniculus'). The image shows the rabbits on ground that is barren and lacking any vegetation. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Lagomorpha, Family: Leporidae.)

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Diet of the barn owl, 'Tyto alba': dataset

This article from an academic science journal reports on the diet of the barn owl ('Tyto alba') near Lake Frome in arid South Australia. The article includes a data table showing details of the diet of the barn owl at three sites in arid north-eastern SA. The table contains information about the weight of a number of species ...

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Teaching ideas: ecosystems

This collection, containing 26 digital curriculum resources, allows students to explore aspects of the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The resources comprise teaching sequences, units, worksheets, videos, podcasts and a card game. A variety of contexts is provided to allow students to investigate relationships ...